Does room have to be dark for you to sleep?


Gregg2

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I can sleep anywhere, anytime. Often, it is not my intention to go to sleep, but I do anyway. No, I do not have a diagnosed sleep disorder. I was told by a specialist that I do not fit the profile, so I chose not to pay for testing.
 

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I can sleep anywhere, anytime. Often, it is not my intention to go to sleep, but I do anyway. No, I do not have a diagnosed sleep disorder. I was told by a specialist that I do not fit the profile, so I chose not to pay for testing.
That is great, I envy those that can sleep anywhere and anytime in any condition. 👍
 
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willmtaylor

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Nope. Of course a bright light in my eyes isn’t helpful, but doesn’t make much difference to me.

I had an idiot roommate years ago in college who could take naps any time and anywhere. However, at night, he vigorously insisted/demanded that he needed COMPLETE darkness to sleep. He would get quite pissy if any lights were on (even a dimmed laptop screen or reading light).
 

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I am trying to conduct a little survey to see what percentage of people are affected by mainly light. Noise would be nice to hear from as well. In places like Hong Kong and bigger cities in China I know this issue of light and noise is quite big but how many people there manage to sleep and not worry about any light or noise is quite amazing (one could also say mind boggling). In a sense though I do envy those people as they have less to worry about and can get good rest when they need it and want it regardless of how much light and noise is around them.
 

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Does room have to be dated and quiet for you to sleep? Can you sleep well in a room that gets light and is not so quiet?

Darkness (or the lack of) doesn't bother me - I can sleep anywhere and any time (on a bus, a train, a plane), but I do prefer peace and quiet, for noise does bother me.

However, I don't like overhead lighting, even when awake; I tend to prefer task or ambient lighting, and, while I can fall asleep in my bedroom with the reading light on - which doesn't bother me - I prefer darkness, and would not sleep comfortably or easily if the overhead light was still on.
 

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I worked graves for years and tried to make the bedroom as dark as possible. I used blackout film on the windows. Unfortunately still only averaged 4 to 5 hours tops. The first hour or so of work was in a haze. Constantly feeling jittery numbness was normal.
 

D.T.

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I have a bright green light in my bedroom on occasion, I kind of remember it the next day, doesn't wake me up. Oddly, it's always accompanied by some soreness in my rectal area ...



However, I don't like overhead lighting, even when awake; I tend to prefer task or ambient lighting, and, while I can fall asleep in my bedroom with the reading light on - which doesn't bother me - I prefer darkness, and would not sleep comfortably or easily if the overhead light was still on.
I'm a nut for non-direct lighting, warm, "clean" lighting. Most home overhead, bright, white, stark lights make me a little crazy - I'd rather sit in the dark and get eye strain than deal with it :D
 

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Light doesn’t bother me when I’m sleeping, however noise does.
I am the inverse. A nuclear bomb could go off and I'd never notice, but crack a light and I have problems. I seek complete darkness if at all possible.

It's been an adjustment with my wife over the years because she's the same this way as you are. I have to be careful when eating in bed while reading on my iPad because any loud crunching wakes her up.
 

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I'm a nut for non-direct lighting, warm, "clean" lighting. Most home overhead, bright, white, stark lights make me a little crazy - I'd rather sit in the dark and get eye strain than deal with it :D
Exactly.

As am I.

In the living room, kitchen and study, I have several lamps that give a lovely warm, "clean" ambient and area light, as well as a few specifically purchased for task lighting.
 

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That was almost Seuss-ian ...

In the dark I can sleep,
I'll lay slumbering, without a peep.

If it's bright, I can also snooze,
Not a bit of sleep, will I lose.
He was a genius.

Life is too short to wake up in the morning with regrets. So, love the people who treat you right, forgive the ones who don’t and believe that everything happens for a reason. If you get a chance, take it. If it changes your life, let it. Nobody said it’d be easy, they just promised it would be worth it.

Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.

Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.

You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.

(Theodor Seuss Geisel)
 

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He was a genius.

Life is too short to wake up in the morning with regrets. So, love the people who treat you right, forgive the ones who don’t and believe that everything happens for a reason. If you get a chance, take it. If it changes your life, let it. Nobody said it’d be easy, they just promised it would be worth it.

Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.

Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.

You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.

(Theodor Seuss Geisel)
Fabulous quote, and thanks for sharing.

Actually, I really loved the books of Dr Suess when I was a kid.

So positive, so imaginative, so funny, and so wonderfully life-affirming.
 

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For me it has to be dark and quiet to sleep. Two kinds of people I envy are those that can sleep in bright and noisy conditions and those that can eat or drink anything without getting sick. I would assume that those people are probably more happy and less stressed often compared to others.
 

Ulenspiegel

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Fabulous quote, and thanks for sharing.

Actually, I really loved the books of Dr Suess when I was a kid.

So positive, so imaginative, so funny, and so wonderfully life-affirming.
You are welcome.
Wisdom of a smiling, seen much grandfather. :)
Unique. You can see his friendly eyes sharing his thoghts with you.
 
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Zenithal

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Light doesn't bother me. Noise can depending on what kind of noise it is. Your body will be more relaxed if it's cooler rather than warm.
 

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When I'm tired or bored I can sleep anywhere. I usually sleep through both takeoff and landing when flying. But when I get into bed at night, I prefer it to be pitch dark.
 

tranceking26

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I used to be bothered by the orange glow of the streetlight right near my place, but since they changed it to LED it's not been a bother to me.
 

SandboxGeneral

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Does room have to be dark for you to sleep?
No, but it certainly helps.

After serving in the US Marines, I learned to adapt to all kinds of environments in order to get some rest. I've slept in full combat gear, rifle in hand, while leaning backward on a huge boulder, ready to step off again at a moment's notice. I've slept in the hot desert, cold desert, the Australian outback, mountains of Korea in the winter, the jungles of Okinawa and in the 13-foot snow-pack of the Sierra Nevada mountains at 14,000 feet and probably other odd places that I can't remember now - all in the night and daytime.

But these days, my nice warm bed suffices nicely. It doesn't need to be dark for me to sleep, but it doesn't hurt.
 

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I am the inverse. A nuclear bomb could go off and I'd never notice, but crack a light and I have problems. I seek complete darkness if at all possible.

It's been an adjustment with my wife over the years because she's the same this way as you are. I have to be careful when eating in bed while reading on my iPad because any loud crunching wakes her up.
Eating in bed? The only place more forbidden to eat than bed is the restroom. 🙅🏼‍♂️